“So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great and complete was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
I know these are turbulent and frightening times. Many are facing raging storms and different winds of adversity. In the darkest moment it’s very easy to be become overwhelmed with discouragement and lose hope. These constant assaults from Satan against God’s children is heart wrenching and it breaks God’s heart. It is never God’s will that any of us be fearful, anxious or be hopeless at any given moment.
I’m going to share about the importance of having our lives Built on two important primary Foundations. The first foundation is the WORD and the second foundation is PRAYER
We all know the importance of foundation to a house. Foundation is crucial, it is the most important part of a building, it’s the part that determines whether a house will stand or not. And the depth of the foundation determines what can be built on it. A house with a faulty or shallow foundation will definitely not stand. In direct application to life, Foundation is a grounding principle in all aspects of life because Foundation keeps us rooted, so that we are not easily uprooted and washed away in troubled times. A firm solid foundation makes us strong and focused.
In the bible passage referenced above, (Matthew 7:24-27). Jesus taught something very profound, about having our lives built on an anchor that is sure to hold against any and every assault! As believers in Jesus Christ, the WORD is our beginning and foundation. The bible says, we are Begotten or Re-born by the WORD. (1 Peter 1:23) This is how we became Born Again. We believed the WORD of salvation preached and we confessed the WORD of salvation and we became ‘A NEW CREATION’. This New Man or New Creation has come to existence because of believing the WORD and confessing the WORD of salvation preached. (Romans 10:9)
Therefore, because our beginning is founded on the Word, from the moment we become born again, we must also continue in the Word. Studying, mediating and applying the WORD to every area of our lives. It is not a nice saying and it’s difficult to embrace, but Storms are inevitable in life, if you have lived in this world long enough, you know this by now. Everyone of us will face different storms at different times of our lives, and to different degrees. Storms and adversity are part of an imperfect world that we leave in now.
Something to take notice of, is that, the two categories of people described in the bible passage above both faced the storm, wind and the rain. It shows that storms are in inevitable to both believers and unbelievers.
Also, looking at things from the right perspective, it wasn’t actually the storm that destroyed the other house, what destroyed the other house described above is the fact that it had no foundation. So, our focus therefore, should not be our problems and adversities. Rather, we should make it a priority to build a good Solid Foundation that will blast off every storm and adversity when they dare to cross our parts. As Christians, this is part of the fight of faith we have to fight.
Been more proactive about this, First, what is this ROCK? Second, how do we build this FOUNDATION that can stand against the “Test of life” and assaults of Satan?
In the bible account of Matthew 16:13-19.
In a nut shell, Peter got the revelation of Christ as the Messiah and confessed it. Peter’s original name is Simon Jonah, but after the revelation Jesus named him “ Peter or Petros” in Greek, meaning, “Rock” because of the revelation he received. Peter did not receive the understanding that Jesus Christ is the Messiah from the human reasoning. That knowledge came directly from God to Peter.
It’s because of the revelation, Jesus told Peter that, based on the revelation he received from God, Peter now has a strong foundation, ROCK Solid Foundation, that comes from The Faith of God. And, on that foundation, Jesus can build a House for Himself – A House of Faith built on revelation from God. A house that will reflect God’s glory on the earth. Which of course no devil can prevail against! “And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros—a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].” (Matthew 16:18) AMP
This ‘Rock’ or ‘Revelation’ Jesus is referring to here with Peter is not Religion or Church rules and regulations , it is not Denominational doctrines, is not feelings or man’s opinion. It is a revelation based on scriptures, revealed by the Holy Spirit. Some people call this ‘A promise’ and others call it in the Greek form, ‘Rehema’ word. This is a specific scripture highlighted to you by the Holy Spirit for your specific situation. (John 16: 13-14). When we act by faith on a scripture, revealed by Holy Spirit to us for a specific situation God is obligated to do that word because that is His will for us. (Isaiah 55:11) When Jesus commissioned the disciple to go and preach the Gospel, the bible says that God was with them and confirmed the word.
“And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord kept working with them and confirming the message by the attesting signs and miracles that closely accompanied [it]. Amen (so be it).” (Luke 16:20) AMP
God confirmed the WORD they preached with miracle, signs and wonders because they preached the Good News not bunch of rules and doctrines. When we base our lives on the WORD not feelings, or man’s opinion God is obligated to confirm what He has promised us in His Word.
Second, to build this foundation; We must HEAR and DO the WORD .
To build our house on solid foundation, we must pay attention to the Word so that the mind is renewed to the reality of the ‘New Nature’ we have become, and our spirit is straightened to over rule the sinful desires of the ‘old nature’ which is no longer us. The word must be given first priority in every area of our lives. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word. The more attention and time spent in the word, the stronger we are.
With respect to being doers of the Word, the Bible gives a good illustration in James 1: 22-25. “….But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience).” (James 1:25). Doing the word will require, settling it down in our hearts to make the word final authority and obey the scripture. Everything a believer receives from God is by faith in the word. When we hear the word and then do it, we will be blessed like Peter and this how the Lord builds us to become His house, built on the Rock Foundation. No devil or any plot of Satan can prevail against this. And this is how our level of authority increases in the kingdom of God as well.
Now here comes the tough part, Paying attention to the word requires diligent efforts and commitment. Because the world is very negative and resistance to the things of God. If you are going to walk by faith, it means you are swimming against the current or tide, and this will require deliberate efforts on your part to keep your focus on Jesus Christ! The Lord does not automatically do these things for us. He is always there 24/7 to help us but we have to give Him the assess to flow through us, How? By making a quality decision to spend time and encourage our selves in the Word.
If the best part your time is spent listening to negative news report of job losses, financial doom and gloom, family problems, unproductive TV programs, I tell you, you are not going to be encouraged, your heart will be dominated with fear, and anxiety. And when the devil brings financial storm, sickness, family problem or any crisis into your life, you will speak with fear and doubt your faith. This is exactly what the devil wants you to do, so that you are in agreement with his plan to steal, kill and destroy. The devil knows very well that we rule and reign in life with our word. The power of death and life is in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)
It’s what ever we are full of when the devil brings a storm into our lives that we will confess! This is why God told Joshua to be strong and be courageous “ Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
When you take the utmost effort to spend quality time with The Holy Spirit in the word. As you commit to doing this on a consistent basis the Word will begin to change you from the inside to the outside, the Word will begin such a transformation in you that the tide will turn on your inside. You will no longer see the storm as a giant and you as a grasshopper rather, you will see yourself as the giant and the storm as a grasshopper under the sole of your feet to trample on, once you can see it by faith on the inside you will be begin to speak with a force of faith and act on your faith that it will blast every problem and cause every demon sent to torment you to flee!
In conclusion I will like to close with this Scripture in Proverbs because i believe it mirrors the heart of this message. It says,
“My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart.For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.” ( Proverbs 4:20-22)
Let us commit afresh today to diligently take hold of the WORD and DO what the WORD says. Because when we do this, we become anchored to the solid of ROCK of Christ and no storm can take us out. Rather, every storm becomes opportunity for us to strengthen our faith in God and be used to promote us to a new level.
P.S. I will continue with the Foundation of prayer in the next post.